The Black Country is preparing an application to become a UNESCO Global Geopark based on it’s exceptionally important geological and related industrial and cultural heritage.
These features are internationally important and together tell a powerful and compelling landscape story that can significantly raise the Black Country's profile. This will drive positive changes in environmental quality, economic regeneration, broadening of educational and leisure opportunities and create new global tourism offers.
The outline plans were presented to a UNESCO global Geopark Forum in Shetland recently and well received. The full application will be submitted in Autumn 2014, and if successful will be followed by a delegation visit to the Black Country in early summer 2015 who hopefully will recommend ratification in September 2015.
More information www.blackcountrygeopark.org.uk